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Constellations: Sagittarius - Windows to the Universe

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The Constellation Sagittarius, the Archer
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Sagittarius

Sagittarius is a make-believe creature with the chest and head of a man and the body and legs of a horse. He is shooting his bow at the Scorpion, just next door. Sagittarius is big, but his stars are not very bright. The brightest stars make the shape of a teapot, with a lid, handle, and spout.

Sagittarius was a good friend of the Muses, the goddesses of the arts. The Muses loved their friend very much and asked Zeus to place a picture of him in the sky, so that everyone could admire him.

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